The American School of French Marquetry is located in San Diego, and offers classes in traditional French 18th century marquetry techniques.
The parisian "ebeniste" used a chevalet de marquetry" to cut out very delicate patterns in exotic woods and other materials with a high degree of accuracy. This "chevalet" or cutting-horse was unique to the French trade, and remains so today.
Marquetry is a highly prized form of furniture decoration, as well as a rich medium to contemporary artisans, but is a trade almost forgotten. There is one main trade school in Paris, école Boulle, which offers instruction in marquetry, and that workshop has 12 chevalets.
All students at the American School of French Marquetry are taught on the "chevalet de marqueterie" (Marquetry Easel for Painting in Wood), or cutting horse. The school has positions for 8 students, each with individual "chevalets". The chevalet allowes the worker to cut out very delicate patterns in exotic woods and other materials with a high degree of accuracy.
The American School of French Marquetry Students will be provided with all the tools, design and materials to complete the classes. The cost of the program is $750 per week. Students must register in advance and will be assisted in finding accomodations.
The best way to learn how to make marquetry is to practice "study pieces". These exercises, starting with the basics, quickly teach the method, allowing the student to gain confidence and an understanding of the process.
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